Trappist Westvleteren Blonde | Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)

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Trappist Westvleteren BlondeTrappist Westvleteren Blonde

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
(Green Cap)

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Photo of mothman
3.21/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

White head. Splattered lace. Golden yellow.

Belgiany. Yeasty. A little banana and spice. Not a huge fan of this one. Kind of bland and boring.

It has a corn like off flavor to it.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11 ounce bottle into a tulip

A: Pours orange with a bright, white, fluffy head, some lacing, beer is hazy and cloudy, some slight carbonation streaming off the bottom.

A: Clove, spice, Belgian yeast, touch of citrus, bread, very aromatic, has depth, complexity.

T: Like the nose, clove, spice, Belgian yeast, moderate amount of bitterness in the middle, finish is dry with a touch of lemon in the aftertaste, very drinkable and enjoyable.

M: Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation, crisp dry finish, creamy on the palate.

O: Very impressed with this beer, has lots of flavors, complexity, depth, very drinkable, smooth, creamy mouthfeel, I would drink this regularly if it was always available, probably the best Belgian pale ale I've ever tasted.

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Photo of pagriley
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11oz into snifter

Pours hazy blonde with fluffy white head
citrus cloves and belgian yeast - typical wheat
more of the same, with a touch of lemon zest bitterness to finish
Medium bodied for the style, with bright effervescent carb

A nice blonde ale, worth a try if you get the chance.

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Photo of bigolbeerbelly
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Date stamp: 03.10.15. Excellent beer. A little drier than expected but very refreshing, reminiscent of a Kolsch. Head was very cloudy and left significant lacing. I only had one of these but would love more. By far the best of this style I've ever had.

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Photo of atget57
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful right out of the bottle. Plenty of carbonation & strong sour/spice nose. Cellar temp. is the best way to fully appreciate. Prime example of a subtle yet, understated Belgian yeast strain. Very clean & long finish. Do not hesitate to purchase & enjoy when you find it.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Brussels Beer Weekend.
Bright blonde with floaters and steady white film. 4
Proofing dough with wax, flowers, and sea water on the nose. 4.25
Lots of bread, some phenol spice, melon, salt water taffy, herbs, and marshmallow. 3.75
Fizzy, almost medium, smooth. 4

Served too warm! But sweetly malt forward, gracious, and complex, though aslo a bit rough in spots, too. Not big on hops, which I understand this beer can be from batch to batch. Good table beer, if not a great example of Westy. 4

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Photo of MrDell
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Westvleteren Blond – bottling date unknown – Best Before 03.06.2016

Appearance: Bright golden colour, half-finger brilliant white head which drops off but keeps a solid cover over the beer throughout. Relatively low levels of carbonation.

Aroma: Most prominent is the Belgian yeast. Also getting spices, apple pie and lemons.

Taste: Spices, bitter in middle with sweet finish, bubble gum. Slight smokey tinge (as in whisky) when it warms.

Mouth feel: Smooth and dry.

Overall: Classic Belgian taste at only 5.8%, would be sessionable - if it was widely available.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.44/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Over rated. The house yeast works better with darker malts. Decent appearance, lack luster aroma, mediocre taste, good mouthfeel. However, I recommend the 12.

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Photo of mr-jj
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a real fine example of a blonde ale. Lots of complexity. Color is straw with a huge white head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is sweet hay and grass with bananas and light fruit. Flavor is light and refreshing - grassy hops and fruit.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle. Green cap denoting best by 8/6/2015. Served in a stemmed glass 7/3/2015.

Appearance is a hazy light lemon yellow body, two finger effervescent and fluffy white head. Thick film and nice bubbly lacing. Looks incredibly refreshing.

Smells mildly tart and citrusy, like a nice lemon-forward saison. Minerals, a mild complement of Belgian yeast spices; a bit of coriander and earth. Grassy hops. Just the very slightest medicinal smell.

Flavour is prominently Belgian yeast minerals and spices; but it isn't quite so sweet like a dubbel. Grassy hops throughout, a bit of pale malt sweetness, plenty of earth and a slightly grassy, bitter finish that leaves a hefty mineral-forward aftertaste.

Mouthfeel comes in a medium-light body, good carbonation. Soft, slightly creamy palate with a mineral-forward, grassy finish.

Overall, an interesting blonde. It actually smells a bit tart and lemon-forward on the nose not unlike certain American saisons do, but it's 100% blonde pale ale on the palate with a hefty dose of Belgian yeast.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden yellow body. Medium white head and a medium collar.

Smell - Grassy hops. Spicy earthy malts. A touch of sweet pale malts and belgian yeast.

Taste - Grassy hops are sustained throughout. Pale malt. Spiciness and earthiness build into a mild bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Light body. Well carbonated. Slightly soft and creamy.

Overall - Well made. The grassy hops surprised me. Didn't expect such an aggressive flavor.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle, green cap, dated 20.11.15, served in a Holiday Inn plastic cup in Paris. Purchased at some random store in Brussels. Yeast left in the bottle during the pour.

Pours translucent gold with a big white head that fades slowly. Smell is bananas and grass or greens of some sort.

Taste is very rich, very malt forward. Strong banana aftertaste, more grass and some flowers. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is light. Overall, very tasty beer.

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Photo of aleigator
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big white head, pale yellow hazy color.

Refreshing grass, sugar, spiced yeast, a bit funky. Hints of spice, especially clove. Sweet, refreshing, hay and yeast adding up well with the spices, hints of honey. Very well balanced, perfect fitting carbonation, which leads to a smooth, fresh mouthfeel. Clove is big in this, without being too present on the tastebuds. Results in a warm, yeast supported, pleasant finish.

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Photo of Wanne
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer has a nice blond color, which is a bit cloudy. In its aroma, it combines malt, yeast and some fruit accents. These are also reappear in the taste, where the fruit accent hints at the combination of banana and citrus. The most amazing is the balance you find in this beer. Definitely a benchmark for blond abbey/trappist style beers.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark golden hued with good clarity. A fingernail of light brown head covers most of the top. I smell light malt with the faint hint of light candy sugar. The flavor is comprised of light candy sugar and delicate,light malt. There's a light spice note in the malt that is reminiscent of cardamom and a touch of clove but it is brief. The body is highly carbonated and bone dry.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really shiny golden pour with a big pillowy white head kept alive by a lot of fizziness.
Smell of sweetish soft bread, apricot, apple, faint honey and clove, soft yeast.
Sweet spicy and fruity start, like pear, quince, and light citrus. Big spicy yeasts, on top of the soft bready malts (clove, pepper, cardamom, dry herbs). A touch of honey. Mild bitter hop finish.
Aftertaste is spicy and a bit bitter. Medium carbonation, medium to light bodied.
A standard for abbey blonds, with that special Sint-Sixtus yeast bringing a nice bit of complexity and some refreshing hop to help along.

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Photo of davidlown
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Why can't there be another Belgium blonde (less than 7%) this good? No USA version ever comes close. This has it all. It somehow toes the line of flavor, fullness, and lightness perfectly. Flavor, effervescence, aroma, even surprising hops. Absolute beauty.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

330ml bottle poured into tulip 29/12/14, big cheers to kumatmebrew for the long time want

A hazy milky bright yellow, saturated with some of the tiniest bubbles ever, I'm talking snow globe style with the sediment being pushed around, large bone white foams pretty dense and ever so slowly falls to a table top island leaving 4 distinct pencil thin rings on the way down. There's no room for improvement in this department

S yeasts in charge, spicy, fruity, some banana, peaches, pineapple, lemon peel, baking bread, some hay, there's plenty going on here

T more of the same in the mouth, not quite as fruity and still plenty of yeasty spice, some sweet grains and a hint of bubble gum

M light, fluffy, a little prickly from the tiny bubbles, a little slick in the mouth, fruity, spicy yeast lingers

O I didn't want to like this beer as much as I did but its bang on for the style, my glass is already empty at this point and I was typing fast

I think this is my favorite of the Westy's, very well put together and drinkable as all hell, nearing its BB date next year now I want to try a super fresh bottle more then anything

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Photo of guildencrantz
3.39/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I just don't care for many blonde ales: This is better than many, but it's not great. The lack of malty depth let the esters play a little too much. The lacy head was pleasant (though, still spicier than I care for).

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Photo of SebD
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/yellowcolor to it with a fair amount of sediment. It has a nice fluffy white head that dies down slowly and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, bready malts, banana, lemon, clove, light pepper and floral hops mixed in there as well.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some Belgian yeast straight up, some breadiness, banana, clove, some citrus/lemon, light pepper and some grassy/floral hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. Solid Belgian Pale.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of boddhitree
4.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got it in Brussels and let it lager for 3 months. It's golden but cloudy from yeast. The aroma is weaker than I expected, but everything else is wonderful. It's a tad spicy, but wonderfully full-bodied. It tastes like a Belgian pale ale with a slightly dry aftertaste.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%

Fresh bottle poured at Kulminator in Antwerp. Pours hazy yellow with lots of yeasties floating around and a fluffy white head on top. Aroma of straw and hops, plenty of yeast and light fruits. Flavor is slightly dry, with apples and pears pairing with straw, a bit of sweetness balanced with hop bite, tripel funk, and some other yeast spice. Light bodied, medium plus carbonation. Really nice brew and glad I have some bottles to take home.

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Photo of stevoj
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A very good blonde, but pales in comparison to its sister brews. Sweet and bready, and perfect for those who don’t like the heavier styles. Does get better with age though. I'm still cellarring some of the case I picked up in 2013.

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Photo of WTKeene
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured from a bottle with a Best by date of 14.02.15 into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Blonde, slightly hazy, with a white head that lasts a while and fades to a creamy, thick crown and lacing.

Smell: Loads of belgian yeast, hints of banana, sweet creamy sugar. A bready malt comes though too.

Taste: Pretty standard Belgian blonde really. A tiny hint of skunk toward the end but not unpleasant. Basically the same as the smell. A pale hop character leaves some bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Appropriately effervescent and creamy, really lovely for the style.

Overall: A very solid beer. Not one I'll necessarily go out of my way to get again, but it's clear why Westvleteren is held in such high regard.

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Photo of endovelico
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: What a beauty! Great orange hue with a decent head and lacing to boot. Little effervescence and no floaties.

Smell: Medium intensity. Funky, orange, banana, bready, yeasty and grainy. Very delicate and rustic feeling.

Taste: Follows on the nose, albeit in a slightly more muted and mild manner.

Mouthfeel: Near perfection. Everything you would ever want from a Belgian blond: Low carbonation, mildly acetic, medium full bodied, warming ABV and a long delicious clovey, banana and fruity aftertaste.

Overall: A beautiful beer that falls short only where it concerns aromatic intensity.

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Trappist Westvleteren Blonde from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
4.25 out of 5 based on 888 ratings.
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